In December 2017, more than 100 people took part in the first ever Santa Run at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish, held to raise money to provide new equipment for the sports department at Dewnans Centre. A mixture of staff and patients took on the 5k challenge with the event raising over £2,000 and attracting a huge amount of interest both internally and externally.
Organiser Jack Phillips, who is part of the sports team, said: “Whilst raising money to provide new equipment was our primary aim, it was amazing to see so many people coming together to support Devon Partnership NHS Trust”.
The event was generously supported by Barclays - who provided match funding - and Sainsbury’s Dawlish, who sponsored the event. This demonstrates the appetite from the local community to support the work that Devon Partnership NHS Trust does. The event is a testament to Jack and the team whose hard work and determination really paid off. The new equipment will mean that patients will have better access to a wider range of activities, which promotes their wellbeing and recovery. The new equipment purchased includes spinning bikes; a TV heart rate measuring system; four slam balls; three kettle bells; multi-changing dumbbells and a ski machine.
The event received glowing feedback and Sarah Burford, Managing Partner at Dewnans. Sarah said: “I absolutely loved it and was so impressed by the slick and professional organisation of the event - thanks to Lizzie and Jack who clearly know how to host an event! The support across the site and from our colleagues from other areas was awesome. Seeing so many patients and staff engaging in rich conversations and enjoying themselves as part of a joint Christmas fundraising was fantastic. Well done everyone - a day to remember - and yes, let’s make this an annual event… maybe fewer hills though!”
This event showcases what the sports team are all about and Jack said: “I can’t wait to start organising 2018 and I hope to make it even bigger and better, so watch this space”.